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About Linda Sobell

Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D., is the President’s Distinguished Professor at Nova Southeastern University. She is nationally and internationally known for her research in the addictions field, including the development of the Timeline Followback. She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association (APA; Divisions 1, 3, 12, 25, 28, 38, 50), a Fellow in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a Motivational Interviewing Trainer, and is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. She is currently on the Board of Trustees, American Board of Professional Psychology, a Council Representative for Division 50 to the APA, and a Member of the Board of Scientific Affairs, APA. She has given over 310 invited presentations/workshops, published over 300 articles and book chapters, serves on 9 peer-reviewed editorial boards, and authored 9 books.
Dr. Sobell is past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology of the APA and of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive and Therapies (ABCT). For over four decades she has been the recipient of grants from several federal agencies. In recognition of her research accomplishments, she has received several awards including the Betty Ford Award; Norman E. Zinberg Memorial Lecture Award, Cambridge Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Jellinek Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to knowledge in the field of alcohol studies; Charles C. Shepard Science Award for the most outstanding peer-reviewed research paper on prevention and control published by Centers for Disease Control/ATSDR scientists. Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology of the APA; Lifetime Achievement Award, ABCT, Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group, and Distinguish Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology, Division 50 Society of Addiction Psychology), American Psychological Association.


2014 Professor, Nova Southeastern University College of Psychology


1976 Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Irvine
1974 M.A., Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine
1970 B.A., Psychology and Linguistics, University of California

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Articles (195)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Linda Sobell